Hello Whittier Community,

Memorial Day weekend unofficially begins the start of summer. It's a time for graduations, celebrations and enjoying the outdoors. While we slowly begin to reopen our communities, we look forward to the time when we can do all this and more.

In the meantime, we adhere to the orders from our local officials and state government who want to insure we remain safe and healthy during the Coronavirus-19 pandemic. As California emerges with great caution, we tend to get the urge to move at a rapid pace to explore the outdoors with little caution to the wind. Although many individuals may be not be carriers of the Covid-19 virus, we have a percentage of the population who are seniors, individuals who have comprised immune systems; many are undergoing cancer treatments or have autoimmune diseases and cannot fully enjoy the outdoors like who are healthy.

As we watch the news and monitor cases, state and local officials have been working diligently to get our communities to reopen. By now, you may know that LA County extended outdoor activities, car parades and indoor malls to open for curbside service on a limited basis and with conditions. And with the announcement of retailers being able to open for business, they still have to comply with opening ordinances.


The Protocols for Retail Establishments Opening for Curbside Pickup was updated on May 22nd and includes guidance for curbside pick-up from retailers. View the updated order here . And on Memorial Day, Supervisor Janice Hahn shared that retailers can open for business and allow shoppers to shop inside their stores, obviously with some restrictions which include social distancing and face covers. LA County announced that guidelines will be updated today on at https://covid19.lacounty.gov/. As of this late afternoon, those guidelines are still being developed at the state level and should be published by weeks end.

With the rise in temperatures, LA County opened a number of Cooling Centers for heat relief starting today. Centers will be open from 12 noon to 6pm. These emergency cooling centers are FREE and are located throughout the county. The nearest center to Whittier is at Grace T. Black Auditorium, 3130 Tyler Avenue, El Monte. Click here to view map of all the locations. Cooling centers will be enforcing social distancing and face mask.


Preferential District Parking in Whittier became effective on May 22nd. Parking Permits are mandatory and are only available to residents of the   Preferential Parking   District. They are free and available at the City Hall Public Works counter. Residents must show identification and vehicle registration as proof of residency. For questions call (562) 567-9500. We urge you to get your permits to avoid citations.

This year, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez will be holding the "38th Congressional District High School Art Competition" virtually on Monday June 1, 2020 on Facebook live at @RepLindaSanchez at 5:00pm - 5:30pm. This competition recognizes artistic talent nation wide and in each congressional districts. High school students submitted entries and winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual award ceremony in Washington DC. The winning artwork is displayed at the U.S. Capital for one year.

The Business Economic Recovery Task Force (BERT) has completed the Recovery Readiness ToolKit handbook. Input for the handbook was given by members from the Whittier Area Chamber,
Whittier Uptown Association and City of Whittier staff .This handbook helps businesses with suggestions on how to operate their businesses according to state and local requirements Click here to view. The ToolKit is now available on our website www.whittieruptown.org.

If you or a member of your family who lives in Los Angeles County and is struggling with paying rents, the last day to submit application for assistance is this Sunday, May 31, 2020. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program assist renters who have been impacted by Covid-19. Residents can receive assistance by contacting 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or online at www.211la.org/covid-rental-help or visit https://wwwa.lacda.org/programs/rent-relief for more information for both renters and property owners.

The Foster Group is now taking appointments to meet with businesses who need assistance with Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loan forgiveness. Chris Foster and his company focus and negotiate with the SBA and your bank to keep you PPP compliant to get your loan forgiven. See info below for details.

Last week, we mentioned the HEROS Act, a bill designed to get additional aids to state and local governments. The bill will also make changes to the federal government's new Pay Check Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses, such as the elimination or change that requires that 75% of PPP monies or loan go towards payroll expenses. It is said that Phase 4 bill will be the last injection to the country for the remainder of the year. We are hoping this bill will be approved by the Senate at the end of May or beginning of June.

The re-opening of businesses will occur in stages and require physical distancing and infection control practices. For more information on the stages to re-open, click on this link   https://covid19.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/RoadmapToRecovery-powerpoint-1.pdf  

We continue to encourage you to shop local first. Call your local florist, restaurant or shop at your local retailer before you head out to nationwide retailers. By shopping local your money helps your neighbor, friend or family with keeping their business doors open. Visit Whittier Uptown Association business directory at www.whittieruptown.org/directory/ or the Whittier Chamber directory for local resources and services.

The Whittier Uptown Association (the Association) goals is to share information not just to the businesses in our community but to residents and subscribers of our newsletter. Other great resources for the latest information and updates on COVID-19 are websites for the City of Whittier , Los Angeles County and California State agencies. The City of Whittier provides continual updates at www.cityofwhittier.org.

In the meantime, if you have important information you would like for us to share to the community on social media (FB & IG) send it to me at olivia@whittieruptown.org or text (310) 403-3688. You can also reach Frank Medina, President at (562) 328-6981 or franktps7@gmail.com.


Stay safe and remain healthy. #WhittierStrong



Olivia E Rios
Operations Director
The Whittier Uptown Association (the Association) goals is to share information not just to the businesses in our community but to residents and subscribers of our newsletter. Other great resources for the latest information and updates on COVID-19 are websites for the City of Whittier, Los Angeles County and California State agencies .
Cooling Centers in LA County Now Open
The County of Los Angeles’ Cooling Center Program identifies free places where any member of the public can go to find relief during hot summer days. Use this guide to find the Cooling Center nearest to you. All Centers are listed alphabetically by city, for easy reference. Hours, dates and times are also identified by Center. 

Click here to view map of cooling locations in LA County or visit https://lacounty.gov/heat/
The Greenleaf Thai Cuisine
TakeOut -TakeOver
Another Uptown Whittier restaurant has been selected for TakeOut - TakeOver .

Special Menu from The Greenleaf Thai Cuisine good for tomorrow Wednesday, May 27th.

Call to place your order at (562) 698-8570
Hours: 11am to 9pm. They offer curbside pick up or take out.

The Greenleaf Thai Cuisine
7756 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

Support our community.
Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness
The Foster Group has a 27 year relationship with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and commercial banks.

Call Chris Foster to set up an appointment at 1-833-367-4482 or email at chris@fosterre.com .
Uptown Parking Structure Reopens
May 28
The City of Whittier will be reopening the Uptown Parking Structure on Bright Ave on Thursday, May 28th.

The public parking structure will help alleviate vehicle congestion on Greenleaf Ave. Parking is open to individuals with Parking Permits and the general public for a small fee.
Whittier Area Chamber Virtual Happy Hour - Thursday May 28
Join the Whittier Area Chamber on Thursday at 4pm for their Virtual Happy Hour. Give a 30-second plug pass and enjoy one-on-one and group networking.

Space is limited.

CDC Updates
Get updates directly from CDC regarding Covid-19.

38th Congressional District High School Art Competition
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez will be holding the "38th Congressional District High School Art Competition" virtually on Monday June 1, 2020 on Facebook live at @RepLindaSanchez at 5:00pm - 5:30pm.

This competition recognizes artistic talent nation wide and in each congressional districts. Students submit their entries and winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual award ceremony in Washington DC. The winning artwork is displayed at the U.S. Capital for one year.

Click on picture for more information on this event.
Preferential Parking Districts Enforcement Resumes May 22
Preferential Parking enforcement is back!

Parking Permits are free and available at the City Hall Public Works counter. Residents must show identification and vehicle registration as proof of residency.

For questions call (562) 567-9500.
IRS "Get My Payment"
Track your stimulus check at "Get My Payment" portal.

#WhittierKindness
The City of Whittier is highlighting individuals who have demonstrated act of kindness in the community. #WhittierKindness is a new initiative to highlight these individuals.

Submit the name of the individual(s) or organization(s) along with a photo or video to pubinfo@cityofwhittier.org so that we can share individuals and their act of kindness on social medial.
Whittier Strong Buttons
The Whittier Chamber of Commerce and Whittier Uptown Association have distributed buttons to their members.

When you support a business, you can pick one up at most opened businesses in Uptown Whittier.
Whittier Dog Park
Opens Wednesday, May 20
#1. Reservations are required.
#2. One 50 minute time slots available
#3. Strict Reopening Guidelines
#4. Make your reservation at www.whittierrec.com

Call 562-567-9400 for more information.
Food Resources
Are you or someone you know having food challenges? The County of Los Angeles has several sources to assist families. If you are a senior and are in need of meals dial 211 for assistance.



  • 211 Food Inventory
  • Website to food resources in LA County including locations of: free groceries, food pantries, hot meals, senior meals and Meals on Wheels.

Palm Park Tennis Center
Reopens May 18th
The City of Whittier will reopen the Palm Park Tennis Center with guidelines set forth by the LA County Department of Public Health.

Reservations are required and can be made at www.whittierrec.com.
Free Covid-19 Testing
The County of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles have partnered to offer free COVID-19 testing to all residents. While priority will still be given to those with symptoms, individuals without symptoms can also be tested.

Sign up at
Grab N' Go Meals in Whittier
Through June 5
HOURS 10am - 12pm
Breakfast and lunch meals can be picked up at the same time.

Locations:
Andrews MS, 1010 So Caraway Dr.
Walter Dexter, 11532 S. Floral Dr.
Katherine Edwards, 6812 S. Norwalk Blvd.

Children Need Not Be Present
No Paper Work Required
Los Angeles Network SBDC Workshops
Our local SBDC’s are now offering a DAILY Q&A WEBINAR regarding the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) at 3pm Monday - Friday. There is no cost to participate. Over 400+ businesses access this call for information to help keep their businesses open.

Have your questions answered daily from 3pm - 4pm.

You will need to register to participate.   Click on this link now .
ab findhelp
Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Just plug in a zip code & get list of help resources in that area.

Grab N' Go Meals at YMCA Whittier
The YMCA is offering free healthy meals to all children under the age of 18 in the Whittier community at both branches.

Uptown Whittier Family Center
12510 Hadley St.
Whittier, CA 90601
562-907-6530

East Whittier Family Center
15740 Starbuck St.
Whittier, CA 90603
562-943-7241

LAUSD Grab N Go Meals
There are a few changes to the schools offering Grab N Go Meals. Some schools will no longer offer, however, new schools are being added to list. Schools participating are open from 8am to 11am weekdays. Click below to read updates. Each child can take home two nutritious meals.

Uptown Farmers Market
Open on Friday's
Uptown Farmers Market has been opened for two consecutive Fridays at Bright Ave and Philadelphia St.

Safety measures include:
  • 15 essential vendors
  • vendor booths are at least 6-8' apart
  • mandatory social distancing
  • mandatory face cover

Market Hours 8am - 1pm.

View Our Members Here
Looking for a product or service in Uptown Whittier? Many essential businesses including restaurants can be found here. Click below to view our members.

For background and the most up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 website:  HERE
Whittier Uptown Association
Our office on Bright Ave is currently closed and we are working remotely from home. Please send your questions to info@whittieruptown.org.

W hittier Uptown Association
6717 Bright Ave
Whittier CA 90601